House approves Rep. Barrett’s air ambulance legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, ensuring patients fully acknowledge and understand the potential costs of air ambulance transport when it is not medically necessary. Barrett’s measure requires hospitals to only utilize air transport when medically necessary to save patients from…

Rep. Barrett: Bill supports Michigan’s veterans groups

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville this week introduced legislation to support veterans organizations and service clubs related to alcohol rules in Michigan. Barrett’s bill would allow members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club – not just their home club. The bill…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet will take place Monday, Nov. 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Charlotte Community Library located at 226 S. Bostwick St., in Charlotte. “Coffee hours are an opportunity for residents to ask…

Rep. Barrett votes yes on reform lowering Michigan auto insurance rates

State Rep. Tom Barrett today joined the House Insurance Committee in approving legislation that reforms Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and guarantees lower rates for all drivers. Current state law requires Michigan drivers to buy unlimited lifetime health benefits through their auto insurance – even if they already have other medical coverage. Michigan’s no-fault…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Mike’s Village Restaurant located at 115 S. Bridge St. in Dimondale. “It is important for me to be accessible and hear…

Rep. Barrett backs measure requiring state budget by July 1

Early spending blueprint helps local governments, schools plan   State Rep. Tom Barrett today said he has signed on in support of a House resolution requiring the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1. Barrett, of Potterville, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution to set the…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to upcoming coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Friday, Sept. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Sophia’s House of Pancakes located at 1010 Charlevoix Drive in Grand Ledge. “In order to be an effective legislator, sitting down…

Rep. Barrett bill removes obstacles for military voters

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville today introduced legislation to make it easier for active-duty members of the military to vote while serving away from home. The federal Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires states to provide absentee ballots to active-duty military members in one electronic format – email, fax, or an online…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to August coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Monday, Aug. 28 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 6334 W. Saginaw Hwy in Lansing. “Meeting with the folks of Eaton County is what helps make…

Rep. Barrett law protecting pilots, train conductors goes into effect

A new law, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, goes into effect today setting a five-year felony sentencing guideline and up to a $10,000 fine for pointing a beam of directed energy, such as a laser, at or in the path of an aircraft or train. Barrett’s legislation, along with a partner bill by state…

Rep. Barrett: House successful during first six months of session

Legislature works on priorities important to Michiganders State Rep. Tom Barrett today said eliminating opioid abuse, providing more skilled trades training opportunities and reducing the size of state government are just a few of the important issues the Michigan House has successfully achieved in the first half of the year. Barrett, of Potterville, said the…